[ KWID-ə-dee ]
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 14th century
The inherent nature or essence of someone or something.
A distinctive feature; a peculiarity.
Examples of Quiddity in a sentence
" Her love of singing is as much a quiddity as her brown hair is. "
" Many people share the quiddity of dipping their fries into their milkshakes. "
Popularity Over Time
Quiddity is a Middle English word, but originally developed in Latin from the words "quidditas" and "quid" (which both mean "what").
Did you Know?
Taking a personality test today might mean completing a career assessment or seeing if you share a particular quiddity with a friend. The first personality tests were created during WWI, when psychologists tried to assess the mental hardiness of U.S. Army recruits.